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Rear Adm. Erik J. Eslich

Commander, Carrier Strike Group 12

24 May 2023

Studio Portrait of Rear Adm. Erik Eslich
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Studio Portrait of Rear Adm. Erik Eslich
Photo By: Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Anderson W. Branch
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Rear Adm. Eslich is a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics from the United States Naval Academy in May 1993. He also earned a master’s degree in Strategic Studies from the Naval War College.

As a career surface warfare officer, he served tours aboard USS Lake Erie (CG 70), USS Wasp (LHD 1), USS Oscar Austin (DDG 79), and Commander, Cruiser Destroyer Group Eight. Eslich served as executive officer for both USS O’Kane (DDG 77) and USS Ramage (DDG 61) and he went on to command both USS Ramage and Destroyer Squadron Two (CDS 2), throughout which, he has made multiple deployments in support of training and real-world operations.

Ashore, he served as a U.S. House of Representatives case officer, Office of Legislative Affairs; executive assistant to Commander, Naval Surface Force Atlantic; global requirements officer at the Joint Integrated Air and Missile Defense Organization (JIAMDO); surface warfare community manager at the Bureau of Navy Personnel (BUPERS-3); executive assistant to the Deputy Commander and Commander at U.S. Fleet Forces Command; and Deputy Commander at Seventh Fleet.

Eslich’s personal decorations include the Legion of Merit, Defense Meritorious Service Medal, Navy

Meritorious Service Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal, and various campaign and service medals and ribbons.  Eslich began serving as Commander, Carrier Strike Group Twelve, in May 2023.


 
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